It looks like our skunk problem has gone away, for the time being at least. Jesse has been locking up the hens at night and I think he’s been perhaps feeding them their scraps in the coop at well, making it less enticing for vermin to come into our yard.
Mister kitty is still missing. Well, missing may not be the right word. We think another family in the neighborhood took him in. I was going to put up fliers but I figure if he left us to go to another family nothing will be solved by us forcibly removing him from them because he’d just go back. So at this point I choose to believe he is living as an indoor cat somewhere in our neighborhood. Every day I come home from work Joline meets me under the carport and I ask her if she’s seen her brother that day. She meows back at me but as I’m not fluent in cat I cannot say for sure if she is telling me the truth.
Benny has been flipping his ears frequently again and when I looked in his right ear it was all kinds of cracked up in there. I was pretty sure it wasn’t mites but I had Jesse take him in to the vet to get it looked at. Apparently the last time we were in there for Benny they were supposed to give us ear medicine to squirt in his ears but they never did. They gave it to us for free this time, so that was cool, but the vet didn’t tell Jesse what the problem with the ear was and Jesse didn’t think to ask. I’m considering checking out a new vet, this place doesn’t really seem on top of things. We put the meds in Benny’s ears last night and he didn’t love it. I make sure to give him loves and treats after it but he really resists the procedure and we basically have to force him down to make it happen.
Speaking of not on top of things, we still haven’t received Leo’s official paperwork, like his social security card. At least, I don’t think we’ve received it yet. For a few weeks in the beginning, maybe even the first couple months, I may have received it and just spaced it and put it somewhere. I’ll have to call about it this week.
The dogs have been driving us crazy lately. They started pulling out towels and sheets from the alcove in the hall and chewing them up and taking them into the backyard. I was finally motivated to organize the upstairs bathroom closet to clean off some shelves but I haven’t put up all chewables yet. The pups have also been getting into the clean cloth diapers and the unused disposables and shredding them. Apparently we cannot leave anything remotely enticing around. *sigh*
Jesse tells me we have a lot of grapes on the vine but I haven’t been back there yet to pick some. Last year I was all about the grapes and this year I’ve been slacking. It looks like the hens love them, though.
We’re still standing still on working on the back yard. Maybe in the fall we will work on it, get some grass growing or something. I read a lot of blogs from folks who live in less arid climates and I’m always so envious to see the lush greenery. Of course, they have to contend with crazy mugginess but I could probably deal with that.
Jesse only has one year left of school before he graduates and we’re tentatively looking at the Pacific NW as a place to relocate. I really liked my time in Eugene and Corvallis, so maybe around there somewhere?
I’ve been on an Amazon spending spree lately. Today I purchased a mini stair stepper, a rowing machine, and a gazelle elliptical. Jesse and I have been talking about trying to work out more and even though we have a rec center membership to a place that’s maybe half a mile away we almost never go there. Plus, they have a very small cardio area, and they close at 9pm. I figure if we have some stuff at home, maybe we’ll use it. I also saw a slide board and those look kind of cool but I don’t know how often I’d use it. I bet Ezra would love it…
Ezra’s birthday is coming up so I’ve been scouting Amazon for gift ideas and I’ve found a bunch of cooperative games that I want to get him. Have you heard of cooperative games? They are kind of neat in that you all work together instead of against one another. It teaches teamwork. I bought a game for Velvet for her birthday and it’s freaking awesome! It’s called Hanabi and it’s most definitely not a drinking game. Everyone gets four cards and they have to face outward so you don’t see your own, and everyone has to give clues about the cards and you have to try to remember where they are in your hand in order to play them in a correct order. I really liked it, and that got me interested in more cooperative games, so now my Amazon wish list is filled with them.
I’ve been making us kefir smoothies and have lately started putting in spinach and turmeric and cinnamon. Mostly it’s made up of kefir and fruit, but I’d like to get it to the point where it’s less fruit and more veg. Something to strive for, anyway.